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Number Of Jihadis Picked Up In Hungary By Terror Mastermind Abdeslam Rises To 7

Ferenc Sullivan 2016.09.28.

According to an article published today in the pro-government daily newspaper Magyar Idők, Salah Abdeslam, the man behind last year’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, travelled to Hungary for the first time on 30 August 2015 in a BMW to pick up two terrorists near Kiskőrös, some 130 kilometres south of the capital Budapest.

b1000Terror mastermind Salah Abdeslam made several visits to Hungary last year to pick up terrorists disguised as refugees

The two men, identified as Bilal Hadfi and Chakib Akrouh, waited for him in a forested area for several days; the former went on to commit a suicide bombing at the Stade la France stadium, while the latter opened fire on a Paris café and later blew himself up during a police raid.

Hadfi and Akrouh were revealed to have crossed Hungary’s southern border illegally on 25 August 2015. Arriving to the town of Kiskőrös, they immediately purchased Hungarian mobile phone subscriptions. One of their phones was later recovered by Hungarian counter-terror police from a forest.

Data recovered from the phone suggests that the terrorists received directions from the Syrian headquarters of the Islamic Strare terrorist group and Abdeslam contacted them through a mobile number that was used only in this instance, the paper reports.

A previous article, published yesterday, revealed that three men who were later to commit the attack on the Bataclan theatre in November 2015 were picked up by Abdeslam in Budapest in September that year. The two Algerian nationals and one Moroccan citizen also entered the country illegally, disguising themselves as refugees.